Thanks for popping in.
Friday’s blog a private peek, right? Well, our dear friends Debby and Gill have been visiting from Texas. They came over for the wedding, and to see family. Today, I had a little treat in store for us: a pottery workshop, or more specifically, a raku workshop. (pronounced rackoo).
IT WAS FANTASTIC. We had the best day!! It was so interesting, so stimulating, so fascinating! The ladies were all delightful, the teachers über-talented, and the guidance second to none. In the lead up to our Clarity retreats next week, it was nice to be a learner, one of the students. In fact, it was particularly pleasant to be a complete novice, with zero knowledge.
Debby, Gill and I started with bisque pots. In other words, we came in halfway through the film, to pots which had already been thrown and fired. But that was fine. For us, it was about the raku, the glazing and crackle technique…
First, we waxed, masked off and glazed our pieces….
Masking. It’s the same masking tape we use in stamping!!
Then they went in the kiln…Those 3 little ice-cream looking cones there are mine!
Then they went in the sawdust pits…
.. and then they were carefully submerged in water. Here we see one of my masterpieces being put into water to crackle….
Once they were cool enough, we had to clean them….
Check this out!!! Chuffed to bits!
Debby and Gill did an amazing job of theirs !
Just look at our haul !!! Absolutely blimming exceptionally superb.
I’m a raku convert! In fact, I’ve signed up for the new term in September, and am going to learn how to throw pots. Well, I KNOW how to throw pots – and I’m quite a good aim (ask my ex), but I think they mean something else….
So after our wonderful, magical raku-day, we went to the Dorset Arms for a farewell supper, and it was with a heavy heart that we waved our friends goodbye – until the next time.
So that’s it. Grace back in New York, Mark back in San Fran, Debby and Gill back in Texas. We have had such a super wedding fortnight. Who needs a honeymoon when you’ve got friends and family like ours?
Love & Hugs,